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Experience beer’s greatest brewing cultures at Silver Branch!

We celebrate the beers that arose from centuries of brewers experimenting and refining their recipes and approaches in Belgium, Britain and Ireland, Central Europe and the Americas. The casual ambiance of our taproom will evoke the gemütlichkeit and camaraderie enjoyed in turn-of-the-century American biergartens; British pubs; a sidewalk café in Prague; or a low-key taproom in Portland or Poland.

Gemütlichkeit /gǝ’ mōōtlik,kīt/

No, it isn’t a misspelling of Gesundheit.

It’s German for that nebulous sense of camaraderie, coziness, and a sense of belonging one gets when enjoying time with good friends. For us, drinking beer is a time to commune with friends. Creating a space where folks want to catch up while enjoying a pint of beer, a glass of wine, or a soda is the reason we decided to open a brewery in the first place. We look forward to hosting you and your buddies! Pretty soon you too will feel comfortable describing Silver Branch using that term gemütlich.

About Silver Branch

Silver Branch Brewing Company is a production brewery and taproom located in the heart of Downtown Silver Spring immediately adjacent to the Silver Spring red line metro stop.

Silver Branch was founded by Christian Layke and Brett A. Robison in March 2019. As long-time beer lovers with an appreciation for the four major brewing cultures, they brew and serve excellent beer inspired by European and American beer traditions. Silver Branch’s beers are multi-dimensional so that the last sip of your last beer is as pleasing as the first sip of your first beer.

The Folks Behind Silver Branch

Brett Robison

Brett Robison

Co-Founder and COO

Brett Robison was the founding General Manager for our taproom business and currently oversees all hospitality and wholesale operations for Silver Branch Brewing Company. He has been an integral player in the development of a growing Montgomery County craft beer scene since 2013. Brett began his beverage industry career back in 2007 and has made the DMV home ever since 2010. After having developed several successful beer and bar programs in the region, he became the first retailer to sell self-distributed beer in Montgomery County in 2014. He continues to play a significant role in the development of Maryland craft beer and self-distribution practices within Montgomery County and Maryland. Brett has worked alongside legislators to reform several beer and liquor laws in Montgomery County; specifically he helped plan and create a new class of liquor license for retailers in Montgomery County formally known as class BD-BWL.

Christian Layke

Christian Layke

Co-Founder and CEO

Christian was the founding brewer for Silver Branch. At this point, he no longer spends time on the brew deck, instead spending his time on organizational management. He serves as CEO and President of the Board. After graduating from Cornell in Environmental Sciences and The George Washington Universities with an MA in Geography, Christian worked for an environmental policy non-profit in Washington DC. After 15 years of a desk job started making him restless and having a beer win a national home-brew competition in the Oktoberfest category, Christian spent a few months in Belgium interning with a brewery. Once he learned that making beer commercially is actually easier than homebrewing (better tools), he knew it was time to take the plunge and become a commercial brewer. Six years later, after meeting Brett and completing a business plan, Christian quit to open his own brewery.

Taproom & Brewery

Getting Here
8401 Colesville Rd #150
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Parking & Metro
We recommend parking in the public parking garage on Cameron Street. The rates are very reasonable and parking is free on the Sundays. We’re just a short walk down the hill from there. If you’re taking the metro, exit on the north side to the right and walk up the Metro Plaza steps.

Taproom & Biergarten Hours
Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am – 10 pm
Friday: 11:30 am – 11 pm
Saturday: 12 pm – 11 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 9 pm

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